Stir-Fried Dancing Crab


Preparation info
  • Serves


    as a main dish .
    • Difficulty


Appears in

By Barbara Tropp

Published 1982

  • About

Any knowing Chinese will buy a crab only when it is alive, kicking, and “dancing.” Boxes of the critters arrive twice daily in Chinatowns during crab season, thrashing, spitting bubbles, and clinging tightly to their neighbors’ claws, so that when one picks up one’s chosen beast (by the tail end, that is, farthest from the pincers) it often comes up monkey-style, with a string of hangers-on.

  • A dead crab, one that is not moving, is a decidedly dull crab.